Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mitsubishi to enter 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with two new MiEV Evolution II electric racers

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will compete in the 2013 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, 25-30 June 25 to June 30, with the MiEV Evolution II all-electric prototype. MMC's team will consist of two of the new all-electric four-wheel drive (4WD) racecars.

The four Meidensha motors (2 front, 2 rear) have a maximum output of 100 kW apiece, for 400 kW total. The 50 kWh battery pack is made by Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ), a joint venture between Mitsubishi as GS Yuasa.

MMC entered the Pikes Peak competition for the first time last year with the i-MiEV Evolution all-electric prototype, finishing second in the Electric Division.

Like last year's i-MiEV Evolution, the MiEV Evolution II uses parts used in production vehicles combined with a high-capacity battery and high-output motors both specially designed by MMC's suppliers. Based on experience gained from last year's race, MMC added S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system to a two-front/two-rear four-motor drivetrain for increased handling and control in the MiEV Evolution II.

These, together with a specially-designed body that provides reduced weight and improved aerodynamics, has resulted in a significant improvement in driving dynamics.

MMC will utilize the data and technical knowhow garnered through its participation in the event in its @earth TECHNOLOGY next-generation advanced technology R&D program for eventual use in future production vehicles.

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